Revise this: The quality of care should be the same for ALL horses; my horses share the same pastures and use the same stalls as the boarded horses. I once boarded somewhere for a large sum of $$$ and the owner's horses got separate grain and hay because the crap they were feeding the boarded horses was not up to their personal standards...I didn't stay there long but it made a lasting impression on me. Just MHO
agreed. I have two boarders here and they get everything my horses get. And I feed Nutrena XTN, which isn't cheap. If its too much $$ to feed everyone the same, then raise the board.
"Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin
6.No amount of cleaning will get the horse manure and betadine out of my Gucci shoes
I'm sorry, what is this "G-U-C-C-I" you speak of? I am familiar with Hermes, Devocoux, Stubben, and the only one of these that makes any kind of shoe is Hermes, who I hear also makes a thing called a "handbag" or "purse", but is Gucci a new saddler and bootmaker?
My friends also speak of a "Prada", but I have yet to see anything in my tack, supplement, or other barn supplies by that name. *sigh* They must be of another world!
Things I learned from my horse:
When you think you've got everything figured out for them, they throw you for another loop.
The more $$$$$$, the more they need it, until you stock up on it, in which case, they will no longer eat/ play/ fit it. However, if you do not stock up on said product, it will be changed or no longer available and so the search starts all over again.
As long as the SO likes animals, they CAN be trained! (Mine is starting to be able to get all my tack and backup equip when at Endurance Rides and knows the difference between the dressage gear and the jump gear!)
Standardbred Lover- owner of Studs Hooligan, aka Strider, ex- pacer, retrained for eventing and endurance Strider-OTSTB-, Gus-OTTB-, and Rio-rescued QH!
Founder of the High Maintenance Horses Clique
...spinning around three times before lying down....LOL Why the heck do dogs do that, anyway?! It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud, but that did it.
As for things I've learned because I own horses.... let's see....okay.. I can play.
Just when two that I've carried are ready to go back to the track, they start gimping. In the past 7 months, nary a misstep, but as soon as arrangements are made to put them back in training.....yepppers....they're ouchy. I think they intercepted some phone calls and knew that their lives of leisure were going to be truncated. I'm convinced that they're psychic that way, just messing with my brain. Mother huckers.
The biggest rewards are the ones only I know about - not the ribbons or trophies. Tonight when I went to handle a 4 year old feral colt who has kicked, front footed, bit and attacked, he leant into my rubs and let me put his halter on in the big yard.
The best steps are the first three steps a young horse makes with his first rider.
Learning is lifelong. I have always known this, because I am always learning new things. It took me a long time to realise that that's not the way other people are.
Life is fun. Laughing is good. Adrenalin is Gd!!!
I don't have to put up with people who don't control their kids or their ponies or who are nasty to their kids or ponies.
1. I am certifiably insane.
2. I am far more comfortable in boots and breeches.
3. I am not judged.
4. I am not perfect.
5. I don't know everything.
6. I don't know the word, no, to humans.
7. I would do anything to ensure his well being.
8. I am more comfortable in a stable than in a house.
9. My stable stays cleaner than my house.
10. I have no concept of time anymore.
11. Underneath all my outward bravado to the world, I am just as sensitive as he is to a fly on his belly.
12. That I cannot choose between a man and a horse.
13. That the grief one feels when you lose a horse, is real.
14. And....every horse that comes thru my stable is a direct reflection of what I do not know.
---"14. And....every horse that comes thru my stable is a direct reflection of what I do not know."---
I like that one.
Every horse is oh so interesting ...
I have yet to met a horse I don't like, maybe because "liking" or "disliking" a horse is just not part of how I think about them.
Horses are very interesting and fun to find ways to talk with them, even the grumpy and less cooperative ones.
things i learn beeucase i own more than one horse is how to treat them
a horse will re-act to how you act
to understand a horse 1st you must get close to the horse,
this one sentence has many meaning when you have learn1 there another round the corner
once you have learnt them all then you can say your a true horseperson
Some of these have already been said. But boy, horses change our lives, don't they?! And I say its for the better, my horses have built my character in many ways.
1. Patients patients patients
2. Attitude is everything
3. Its amazing what kindness can achieve
4. Be consistent, be confident
5. Never panic, never let them know you are scared, and BREATHE
6. Don't react based on negative emotion (Breathe again!)
These are lessons horses have taught me from a young age.
Love this thread!
Read this somewhere...
"why is it a woman will forgive a "psychotic" horse, but go ape s*** when a man leaves the toilet seat up"
I forget exactly how it was written, but it was pretty darn funny.
one of the many MANY things my horse is teaching me, is how to take a step back and LAUGH at myself, because he sure as heck is laughing his tail off at me sometimes.
I think doggies spin around before laying down to make sure "there aren't any snakes in the grass".
Unfortunately I learned that some people involved with horses (especially in terms of a business) are not "horse people" and their animals are just a means to a financial ends. They don't know what they are missing....
Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.